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Issue 2, February 2011
Civic Voice - talking civic sense

Civic Day

www.civicvoice.org.uk | 0151 708 9920 | civicday@civicvoice.org.uk | @civic_voice


I am delighted to report that no less than 100 civic societies have already expressed their interest in participating in Civic Day on June 25, with an exciting mix of events and activites in preparation. We encourage you to sign up, if you have yet to do so.

Civic Day provides us all with the opportunity to demonstrate to the public the great range and depth of the work done by civic societies throughout the country. It builds on a range of current initiatives including the succesful Civic Societies Week in Yorkshire and Humber.

Six workshops have already been held with groups across the country to discuss Civic Day and how to make it a success. From these, two important issues have emerged – first, that societies can participate whether or not they are members of Civic Voice – and second, that groups can do as little or as much as they want to get involved. You can even just swap the date of something already going on to June 25.

In this issue you will see new guidance on running a photography competition which has been prepared in response to requests from civic societies.

This is our second update on Civic Day and we will be communicating more often as the day approaches. Do give us your feedback on what you would like to see included.

Finally, if you haven't yet been in touch then we hope your society will become involved. Just send in your details and ideas to civicday@civicvoice.org.uk

Freddie Gick
Civic Day Team Leader civicday@civicvoice.org.uk

In this issue

Ideas shared

Civic Day is an opportunity to showcase the work of your group and get more people involved in your area. We have pulled together some ideas which are coming forward from societies across the country to give you a flavour about what else is taking place.

  • Clitheroe Civic Society is exploring the idea of a competition to “design a well”
  • Merseyside Civic Society is considering launching a new website (using the free design from Civic Voice) on Civic Day
  • The Buckingham Society will be giving out an award to the person or organisation that has most enhanced the quality of the town's environment over the past 12 months
  • Portsmouth Society is developing an idea for youngsters to “vision” the future
  • The Malvern Society is investigating organising a networking event with other local groups
  • Communities in Luton, St Helens and Romford are all discussing with Civic Voice whether to launch new civic societies on June 25th.

More ideas are available here and we will be in touch soon with some exciting news about a new guide that will mean you never have to ask “what can we do!”

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Latest signed up societies

Chester Civic Trust is the latest group to commit to participating in Civic Day. A town treasure hunt to be completed by families is planned which will help shed new light on their city for everyone involved. This is an excellent idea that will allow the society to engage a young audience, while at the same time promoting awareness of the society to parents! In addition Chester Civic Trust is also committed to organising a photography competition, an idea that is coming forward as a popular suggestion from many civic societies.

To see the latest list of societies who have confirmed involvement, please visit here

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Get involved

It is easy to get involved in Civic Day. You don't even have to be a member of Civic Voice! The more groups who participate, the more succesful it will be for everyone so please join up and send your details to civicday@civicvoice.org.uk

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Future Workshops

We have so far held 6 successful workshops that have each helped civic societies develop ideas for Civic Day. If you have yet to attend a workshop, the following will be taking place in the next few weeks.

  • Blackpool, February 5 (10-1)
  • Newcastle, February 7 (2-5)
  • Sheffield, February 9 (1-4)
  • Lincoln, February 12 (10.30-1.30)
  • Central London, March 5 (10.30 - 1.30)

To register for any of these sessions and for more information, email civicday@civicvoice.org.uk or call 0151 708 9920.

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Photography competition

An idea that has come forward strongly from the workshops is that a large number of civic societies are considering organising a photography competition as their contribution to Civic Day. We have developed a briefing for societies to follow if they wish to explore this as an activity. You can read the briefing here.

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Latest FAQs

Civic Day is a new initiative that we hope will become an annual event so that every civic society can get involved and use it to raise your profile and strengthen your group. There is a host of questions and we have done our best to address them all.

Do we have to be a Civic Voice member to get involved?

No, a common misconception is that societies think they can only get involved if they are a member of Civic Voice. This is not the case. Civic Day is an idea that was born in the civic movement and is a chance for the civic movement to raise its profile collectively. Any civic society can participate in Civic Day as long they put an activity during the day and you can also encourage other groups to get involved..

How big does our event need to be?

This is up to you. We know some societies are planning small events while some societies will be going all out to raise their profile. In reality, only you can decide what is right for your society this year. If you are unsure about what to do, you could attend a workshop or contact us on civicday@civicvoice.org.uk

A more detailed list of FAQs is available here

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Tools, tips and resources

Civic Voice has produced a number of briefings to support you on the issues that you raise with us. The two latest briefings are on fundraising and working with young people. These are both very relevant to Civic Day next year. They follow hard on the heels of the special briefings provided on communications, campaigning and making your own videos. Have a look using the links below:

What support do you think Civic Voice should offer to help you organise a successful Civic Day? Would any of the following help - regular email bulletin, a local volunteer contact near you; a dedicated helpline; a workshop with other civic societies to share ideas; online templates for your certificates or press releases; a source of medals, cups and other prizes?

We would welcome your views on what would be the most useful resources to provide. Tell us at civicday@civicvoice.org.uk

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Volunteer for Civic Day

Civic Day is already benefiting from fantastic support from the Civic Day team who are helping lead the way the initiative develops. However, Civic Voice want to make the best use of all the volunteer expertise in the movement.

The following opportunities describe just some of what is available:

Office support - Volunteers are required to help with general office support including database management and assisting with telephone duties and internet enquiries. We have further opportunities for more specific roles such as fundraising and helping with publicity. Much of this work can be done at home as well as in Civic Voice's Liverpool office

Event and Marketing– we are keen to improve the quality of our events and with your help, we can. You can help arrange local or national gathering of civic societies. We also want to raise the profile of Civic Day so if you have time to spread the work, do get involved.

Website management- How can we best utilise our website to develop a stronger Civic Day? Can you help manage the site?

Contact Ian Harvey on ian.harvey@civicvoice.org.uk or on 0151 708 9920 to find out more

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And finally!

Are you intending on holding a street party as part of your Civic Day celebrations? A new guide to organising a street party has just been published by the Government following simplification of the relevant rules and regulations. It includes a simple form to inform your local council. See a copy here

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